Howard County deputies find catalytic converters, drugs, guns after traffic stop
By Joe Hopkins,
HOWARD COUNTY, Ind. — Howard County deputies found catalytic converters, drugs and guns Friday after pulling over a man wanted on methamphetamine dealing charges, the sheriff’s office said.
The Howard County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were told that 37-year-old Nathan A. McKinney was driving a red Dodge Charger in the area of East State Street and was possibly in possession of drugs and guns. McKinney also had an active no-bond warrant for his arrest for three counts of dealing in methamphetamine.
At about 12:30 p.m., deputies found the Charger and pulled it over. HCSO said a K9 indicated the presence of narcotics. The sheriff’s office said during a search of the vehicle, deputies found:
Three rusted catalytic converters that had recently been cut from vehicles
One battery-powered Sawzall with blade
One J. Stevens Arms and Tool Company 22 caliber single-shot firearm containing one live round
16 grams of meth
One small digital scale
Several small empty baggies
One package containing a small amount of marijuana
Three smoking devices
Information learned during the stop led investigators to execute a search warrant on a nearby storage unit, where they found a handgun, said HCSO.
McKinney was taken into custody without incident and is being held without bond at the Howard County Jail. In addition to his previous charges, McKinney was charged with another count of dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
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